- Adebayo Akinfenwa has explained that he wanted to play for Nigeria when he was young
- The 38-year-old added that it was hard for him to break into the Super Eagles team
- Akinfenwa is currently playing for Wycombe Wanderers and they have qualified for the Championship
English professional footballer Adebayo Akinfenwa has explained that he had interest in playing for the Super Eagles of Nigeria when he was young.
Adebayo Akinfenwa was born in North London and has a Nigerian father even though the 38-year-old has never visited the West African nation before in his life.
There are players like Alex Iwobi, Ola Aina and others who were born in England and decided to play for the three-time African champions.
On the other hand, Nigeria also failed to convince the likes of Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori to play for the Super Eagles.
Arsenal star Bukayo Saka is another youngster who has not decided his future on whether to play for the Super Eagles or the country of his birth which is England.
Akinfenwa who has been playing in the English lower division for years has now explained that he wanted to play for Nigeria, but it was difficult for him.
“I was 21 when I hooked up with John Fashanu, there was talk then, but Nigeria are always blessed with great strikers so it was harder for me.
“I know there was a campaign one time to try and get me out there, but they weren’t really feeling me and that maybe they haven’t got a kit that can fit me,'' he told ESPN.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Adebayo Akinfenwa's request was granted by Jürgen Klopp when he received an invitation to Liverpool’s Premier League.
The Wycombe striker sent a WhatsApp message to the German tactician and the Reds boss duly responded to the request.
Akinfewa played a huge part in Wycombe's promotion to the Championships after helping his team defeat Oxford United in the play-off final at Wembley.
The Nigerian-English footballer who is also a Liverpool fan then had a video call with Klopp after an emotional post-match interview.
And the former Borussia Dortmund manager responded to the video message he received from Merseyside on social media.
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